Jim Julia

2012 fancy & wb banquets 020This is a difficult hour.  Phones are ringing, text messages are vibrating, informing many of us that a person we knew well has suddenly left us.  If you were fortunate enough to know Jim Julia, you had a very good friend and now thousands of people and all of Mummery have lost this very good man.  Jim Julia passed away Thursday while at work.  It is a devastating loss.  My condolences to his beautiful and caring family.

JimJuliadaughter weddingJimJulia23Jim loved his family and he was just flat out a great guy.  He’d be there for you.  As a leader of the Downtowners Fancy Brigade and the President of the Fancy Brigade Division, Jim transformed  Mummery as it moved indoors on New Year’s Day to inside the Pennsylvania Convention Center.   He was one of the best Captains to ever hold that title. JimJuliainsuit He served as Vice-President of the Mummers Museum and helped retool the museum to a sustainable and productive future.  He cared about all aspects of Mummery and fought to preserve the best of the tradition, bringing all Mummers together.  He cared about the entire Philadelphia region and was proud to call it his home.  A leader, a family man and a friend.  I cannot believe he is gone.

His club, the Downtowners, have put together this tribute.  https://youtu.be/btO-QCXVws0

Striding in Purple!


The run and walk are underway! JBAD Heroes, the number 1 fundraiser, is leading close to 5 thousand participants in the annual walk to cure pancreatic cancer. Mummers from several String Bands are here in support of Jane Baron. Jane tells me she is thrilled by the show of support. It’s not too late to donate. Go to Purple Stride Walk and look for team JBAD Heroes or Hereos and help end this sudden disease.

Mums the Word!


Hegeman String Band providing soundtrack for Purple Stride Walk at Memorial Hall. Team JBAD Heroes, or Hereos as its spelled on the Purple Stride web site, is still taking donations to fight pancreatic cancer.

Yay Jane!


The Woman of the Hour is in the house! Jane Baron leading JBAD Hereos in Purple Stride Walk at Memorial Hall.

Great Morning!


Streams of people poring into Fairmount Park this hour for the annual Purple Stride Walk at Memorial Hall. Families and friends, medical professionals and others gathering to fight pancreatic cancer. I’m here in support of Jane Baron, great mom, dancer and Hegeman String Band member.

If it’s Election Day…


Then it’s Famous Deli. Pols a plenty as the get out the vote effort goes on for Dems.

STOP Opiate Abuse


Talking with Kathrine Muller of pastop.org about preventing heroin and prescription painkiller abuse. Opiate abuse overdose deaths have been skyrocketing in recent years in the region.  Tune in Saturday morning, 6:30 a.m. for In Focus.@phl17


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